Photograph of a very young Franz Kafka.
Flashes of Kafka's life
HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
Play at Moksh
KATHMANDU: Kafka Ek Adhyaaya, by the Indian playwright Asif Ali Haidar, goes down the memory lane remembering the life of Franz Kafka, one of the veteran German litterateurs of the 20th century. The audiences can now go through this memory lane of the past of Kafka as the same play directed and designed by Anup Baral is being staged at Moksh, Jhamsikhel from August 5. The play is enacted by the theatre group Actor’s Studio.
Translated by Aashant Sharma, the play is set in a sanatorium where Kafka is admitted. The ward boy enters to inform Kafka that Felisia, his girlfriend, is waiting to see him. But Kafka is in the bathroom and from here on the play begins its journey into the past revealing the conflicting relationship of Kafka with his father.
There also is reference to his complicated love life. It is revealed that despite being intimate and falling in love with number of women, Kafka was unable to commit to anyone. Towards the end, one can realise that all the incidents and actions showcased in the play were happening inside the mind of Kafka.
The director has presented the play powerfully exploring certain aspects of Kafka’s life. Baral has managed a powerful portrayal of Kafka, the schizoid character, who lived a painful, frustrated and lonely life. He makes the audience feel for the character by projecting different emotions both positive and negative with equal élan. Diya Maskey as Felisia and Milena, love interests of Kafka, has performed equally well, thus creating symmetry between her and Baral. Sharma as Gustab, a colleague of Kafka entertains audiences with humorous role. Prakash Ghimire as Kafka’s father and Loonibha Tuladhar as Otalla, sister of Kafka fit well in their characters.
The waltz dance with all the masked characters in the beginning is enchanting. The play has made use of over head projector to display some of the facts of Kafka’s life through photographs which helps in understanding his past to a certain extent.
The stage with the use of props like bed, table and window with curtain gives an impression of a hospital. The music and light are apt with the nature and situation of the play. “It is our effort to understand a time of history — the time period that addressed the society and situation faced by us”, claimed Baral, stating the significance of the play.
The play will be staged on until August 7 at Moksh, Jhamsikhel at 6: 00 pm.